Published on Friday 15 February 2019, 2:30pm
Homelessness organisations from Melbourne’s north and west have been holding emergency talks today at the launch of a report by the North & West Homelessness Networks (NWHNs) that reveals that homelessness services are struggling to find suitable accommodation for people in crisis.
A Crisis in Crisis: The appalling state of emergency accommodation in Melbourne’s north and west reveals that the 423 official, government-funded crisis beds in Victoria are overflowing and there is no affordable housing for people when they exit homelessness services.Read more...
Published on Tuesday 29 January 2019, 3:30pm
Jesse (name changed to protect his identity) is 21 years old and has been living in a Hope Street residential unit for the past three years, after becoming homeless at the age of 16 when his family kicked him out.
"I failed year 11 because I got diagnosed with diabetes that year and before the diagnosis I kept falling asleep in class – I just couldn't keep my eyes open. I ended up in hospital for a month. When I got out I tried my hardest to get back into schooling and to do well, but I ended up failing. My parents, they didn't like that."
Published on Tuesday 29 January 2019, 2:00pm
Renowned photographer Shannyn Higgins conducted a photo shoot for Hope Street on 17 January. Shannyn visited three Hope Street sites across Melbourne – Brunswick, Thomastown and Melton - and photographed 16 young clients aged 16-24 years old, and two of their newborn babies.
The photos will be used through marketing materials to communicate the work that Hope Street does and the impact the organisation has on young people who are experiencing homelessness.Read more...
Published on Monday 17 December 2018, 1:45pm
Christmas can be a challenging time for young people who are experiencing homelessness, but Hope Street Youth and Family Services and its corporate partners are doing what they can to spread some festive cheer.
Four corporate partners - Ecodynamics, Mirvac, Woodgrove Shopping Centre and Stramit – have joined with Hope Street for a Christmas appeal that will see over 70 young people receive Christmas gifts, food hampers and gift vouchers. The youth are either accommodated at Hope Street's refuge or residential accommodation sites in Brunswick, Whittlesea or Melton, or are receiving outreach services.
Each Hope Street site has also received a Christmas tree, which the young people have helped to decorate.Read more...
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